"Armando Contreras is another baritone with gravitas and he is quickly making his mark in the opera world. " Schmopera
Mexican American baritone Armando Contreras is an Encouragement Award District Winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a recent graduate of the Young Artist program with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City (LOKC) and Apprentice Artist Program with Des Moines Metro Opera.
THE DENVER PHILHARMONIC: L'ELISIR D'AMORE
November 4, 6, 2021
Armando makes his debut with The Denver Philharmonic singing the role of Belcore in their concert version of L'elisir d'amore. Adina and Nemorino will be sung by Met stars, Anna Christy and Matthew Plenk.
CENTRAL CITY OPERA: FRIDA AND THE BRAVEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
November 13, 2021
Armando sings the roles of Diego Rivera/ Eduardo/ Bonito in Joe Illick's Frida and the Bravest Girl in the World. This production is directed by Iliana Lucero Baron.
SALT MARSH OPERA: CARMEN
October 1, 3, 8, 10, 2021
Armando makes his role debut as Morales in Bizet's Carmen. Directed by Joshua Shaw and conducted by Ed Benyas.
THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: THE KNOCK (WORLD PREMIERE)
A Filmed Opera
Armando makes his Glimmerglass debut singing the leading male role of Lt. Roberto Gonzales in the world premiere of The Knock. The opera, composed by Aleksandra Vrebalov and libretto by Deborah Brevoort, features a libretto based on years of interviews with military spouses that Brevoort conducted. This opera is conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya and directed by Alison Mortiz. Ryan McKinny and Tonya McKinny of Helios filmed this production.
THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: TO THE WORLD
July 16, 17, 31, August 8, 2021
Armando sings selections from musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady and On the Town. This program features Isabel Leonard and William Burden. Directed by Francesca Zambello and Eric Sean Fogel. Conducted by James Lowe.
THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: THE MAGIC FLUTE
July 15, 17, 29, August 2, 7, 12, 15, 17, 2021
Armando will be covering the role of Papageno in Kelley Rourke's adaption of Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Glimmerglass Festival. This production with feature Met star, Eric Owens. Directed NJ Agwuna and conducted by Joseph Colaneri.
PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT: DON PROCOPIO
June 4, 5, 6, 2021
Armando returns to Pacific Opera Project to sing in the US Premiere of Bizet's Italian comedy, Don Procopio. He will sing the role of Ernesto. This production is directed by Joshua Shaw and conducted by Charles Kim.
BOULDER OPERA: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
March 7, 13, 14, 2021
Armando makes his role debut as Il Conte in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Boulder Opera. Conducted by Steven Aguilo-Arbues and directed by Travis Risner.
OPERA STEAMBOAT: FRIDA AND THE BRAVEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
February 13th, 2021
Armando makes his debut with Opera Steamboat in their children's opera: Frida and the Bravest Girl in the World composed by Joe Illick and libretto by Mark Campbell. Directed and conducted by Andres Cladera. Video production by Ben Gulley. Armando will sing the roles of Diego Rivera/Eduardo/Bonito.
BOULDER OPERA: LA BOHÈME
November 13, 14, 19, 22, 2020
Armando makes his role debut as Marcello in La bohème with Boulder Opera. This production was conducted by Steven Aguilo-Arbues and directed by Travis Risner.
THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: COSI?
August 4, 10, 16, 22, 2020* COVID cancellation
Armando makes is debut with the Glimmerglass Festival singing the role of Guglielmo in the English Adaptation of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.
THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL: RINALDO* COVID CANCELLATION
July 12, 18, 31, August 8, 10, 13, 18, 2020
Armando covers the leading baritone role of Argante in Handel's Rinaldo. Directed by Louisa Proske and conducted by Erina Yashima.
LOVELAND OPERA THEATRE: SOLO RECITAL
April 4th, 2020
The recital is the inaugural virtual recital for Loveland Opera Theatre. His recital features arias from: Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, and Carmen. It also features art songs from composers such as: Vaughan Williams, Fauré, Schumann, Schubert and Tosti.
CENTRAL CITY OPERA: EN MIS PALABRAS
November 13, 2019
Armando returns to Central City Opera to sings the role of Esteban in En Mis Palabras. En Mis Palabras was commissioned by Central City Opera in 2004.
OPERA FORT COLLINS: THE TELEPHONE
November 10th, 2019
Armando makes his Opera Fort Collins debut in Menotti's comedy, The Telephone. He will be singing the role of Ben.
KANSAS CITY BALLET: CARMINA BURANA
October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2019
Armando joins the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus in Adam Hougland's new production of Carmina Burana. Armando will make his debut as the baritone soloist.
DES MOINES METRO OPERA: APPRENTICE ARTIST PROGRAM
June 22, July 3, 20, 2019
Armando performs in scenes from L'elisir d'amore, Robert Ward's The Crucible, Madama butterfly. Scenes directed by Frances Rabalais and Octavio Cardenas.
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: COSÌ FAN TUTTE
March 16, 20, 22, 24, 2019
Armando covers the role of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte conducted by Jane Glover and directed by James Alexander.
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: MACK THE KNIFE THE MAN I LOVE.
February 9th, 2019
Armando joins the Resident Artists of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City to sing the songs of George Gershwin and Kurt Weill accompanied by Mark Markham and directed by Fenlon Lamb.
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: MADAMA BUTTERFLY
November 3, 7, 9, 11, 2018
Armando sings the role of The Imperial Commissioner in Puccini's Madama butterfly conducted by Ryan McAdams and directed by Ron Daniels.
PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT: LA GAZZETTA
June 28, 29, 30 and July 6, 7, 2018
Armando portrays the role of Filippo in the US premiere of Rossini's La gazzetta conducted by Brooke deRosa and directed by Josh Shaw.
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
April 28, May 2, 4, 6, 2018
Armando sings the role of Fiorello in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Leonardo Vordoni and directed by Michael Shell.
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: RIGOLETTO
March 3, 7, 9, 11, 2018
Armando sings the role of Il Usciere and covers the role of Marullo in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of Verdi's Rigoletto conducted by David Charles Abell and directed by David Gatley.
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: EVEREST
November 11, 15, 17, 19, 2017
Armando covers the role of Doug Hansen in Joby Talbot's Everest conducted by Nicole Paiement and directed by Leonard Foglia.
CENTRAL CITY OPERA: CARMEN
July 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30
August 1, 3, 6, 2017
Armando portrays the role of El Dancaïro in Central City Opera's production of Bizet's Carmen conducted by Adam Turner and directed by Jose Maria Condemi.
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY: DEAD MAN WALKING
March 4, 8, 10, 12, 2017
Armando sings the role of the 2nd Prison Guard in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking conducted by Steven Osgood and directed by Kristine McIntyre